Being Health Professional places enormous responsibility upon us to provide healing to our patients-Prof. Shahryar Sheikh

HYDERABAD: The decision to become healthcare professional places upon us enormous responsibility of providing healing to our patients which is not an easy task. Medicine is  known as a noble profession and in today’s fast paced world where new developments are rapidly emerging all the time, we must keep ourselves abreast with latest developments in our field of specialization and practice ethical medicine for the benefit of our patients. This was stated by Prof. Shahryar Sheikh an eminent cardiologist former President of World Heart Federation as well as former Chief Executive of Punjab Institute of Cardiology while delivering his inaugural address at the recently held CARDIOCON 2017 organized by Pakistan Cardiac Society here from November 24-26, 2017. It attracted a large number of distinguished cardiologists, physicians from all over the country.

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Dermatology Code of Ethics needs to be revised to include new advances in medicine-Dr. Dinesh Pokhrel

LAHORE: Code of ethics for dermatology practice needs to be revised to include the new advances in medicine which will avoid many legal cases. This was stated by Prof. Dinesh Binod Pokhrel from T.U. Teaching Hospital Kathmandu Nepal. He was making a presentation on “Ethics in Dermatology” at the recently concluded SARCD and PADCON 2017 organized by Pakistan Association of Dermatologists here from November 17-19, 2017. This session was chaired by Prof. M. Jehangir along with Brig. Asher Mashood.

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Dedicated doctors and motivated patients are important for diabetes management-Prof. Ali Jawa

LAHORE: Dedicated doctors and motivated patients are extremely important for the management of diabetes. This was stated by Prof. Ali Jawa a noted endocrinologist while speaking on Healthy Lifestyle approach to Cardiovascular Risk Reduction at the International Diabetes Excellence Academy meeting held along with the just concluded SAFES conference organized here from Nov. 23-26, 2017.

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Diabetes in pregnant women poses serious problems for Mother and Baby-Tasnim Ahsan

KARACHI: Diabetes in pregnant women poses serious problems for the mother and the baby. There are chances of early miscarriage and they are also ten times more likely to develop heart disease. One in seven births is affected by diabetes. Screening for diabetes and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus should be integrated. Most cases of Type-2 diabetes can be prevented. This was stated by Prof. Tasnim Ahsan a noted physician and endocrinologist who after retirement from JPMC has now established Medical Institute of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism (MEDIM). 

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Dr. Mukhtar forms Elza Retina Welfare Organization to provide free treatment to deserving patients

KARACHI: Retinal diseases are becoming quite common and its diagnosis as well as treatment is quite expensive which many patients cannot afford. Hence, in order to help provide free treatment for retinal diseases to deserving patients, Prof. Mukhtar Ahmad an eminent retina surgeon of the country has formed an NGO with the name of “Elza Retina Welfare Organization (ERWO)”. This is registered as an NGO with a mission of providing free treatment for deserving patients of RETINAL diseases.

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Silent Musings of a Senile Physician- An excerpt

The village barber’s leather bag always contained a few additional implements of his trade. A leather strap (tourniquet) and a scalpel (نشتر) were used for venesection (bloodletting) as treatment for a wide range of maladies. Even those already anemic due to hookworm infestations or heavy monthly bleedings were thought to have foul blood and were subjected to bloodletting (فصد).  Amazingly, the clients usually survived these additional blood losses. This may sound like witchcraft, but it has a respectable ancestry in European medical practice. King Charles-II of England suffered a stroke in 1685.

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Religious leaders can play an important role in prevention of NCDs particularly GDM-Prof. Azad Khan

LAHORE: Religious leaders can play an important role in prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases particularly Gestational Diabetes and we have seen great enthusiasm among them for this cause. This was stated by Prof. A.K. Azad Khan President of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh while speaking in the State of the Art Session of recently concluded South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES) and Pakistan Endocrine Society conference held here from November 23-26th 2017. This session was chaired by Prof. Javed Akram Vice Chancellor of SZABMU Islamabad. 

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Anal Fistula can be a real problem and very painful for the patients-Prof. Michael Thompson

KARACHI: Anal Fistula can be a real problem and very painful for the patient.  Majority of the Fistula do not need any investigations as in 61% of the cases clinical examination is considered good enough. This was stated by Prof. Michael Thompson from UK who was the Clinical Coordinator for the Surgical Week for Colorectal Diseases held at JPMC from October 9-12th while speaking on Complex Fistula on the last day of the course.

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Ventral Rectopexy is a good treatment for total rectal prolapse-Prof. Michael Thompson

KARACHI: On Third day of the Surgical Week for colorectal diseases held at JPMC from October 9-12, 2017, Prof. Michael Thompson talked about Laparoscopic Ventral Rectopexy. He pointed out that now daycare Ventral Rectopexy is achievable. It is a good treatment for total rectal prolapse. However, he warned that though mesh repair has good results and it is well tolerated with low recurrence rate but in1990s, there were reports of infected mesh which must be kept in mind. Recurrence with Rectopexy is between 7-31% and some severe complications are noted much later.

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How to be a popular medical practitioner

Medical practice is an art. It not only requires your knowledge, experience but also a good human relationing. You are dealing with living very sensitive grieving and suffering patients.  Patients come to you with a particular disease aggravated by her/his personal, social and family problems. They have an inner fear of imminent death, family disaster, misery and feeling of insecurity. They see in you the source of relief, comfort, hope and messiah. With your few sympathetic words, encouraging language and soft tone along with some medicines may take away their miseries, fears, apprehensions, pain and sooth their soul. In the following lines, I will give some examples of the successful practitioner including GPs and specialists.

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We cannot prevent atherosclerosis but can reduce Athero-thrombotic events with Aspirin

HYDERABAD: Scientific programme of the CARDIOCON 2017 held here recently started on November 25th 2017 with a Breakfast Session devoted to Medical Uses of Aspirin. This session was jointly chaired by Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra an eminent physician and former President of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation along with Prof. Shahryar Sheikh former President of World Heart Federation and Prof. Feroze Memon. Dr. Shaukat Memon acted as the Moderator.  Apart from Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra who talked about Use of Aspirin beyond Cardiovascualr disease, Dr. Fawad Farooq from NICVD was the other speaker who highlighted the use of Aspirin in prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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At the CARDIOCON 2017 held at Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: Keeping up its past traditions of excellent team work, organizers of the CARDIOCON 2017 had made excellent arrangements for the meeting held here from November 24-26th 2017. It attracted a large number of delegates from all over the country while the scientific programme was quite informative and interesting. Prof. Feroz Memon, Prof. of Cardiology at Isra Medical University was the Chairman of the organizing committee and other members included Dr. Fazal Ur Rehman Memon, Dr. Nandlal Rathi, and Dr. Fakhr-ud-Din Sheikh besides Dr. Faraz Memon.

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Dr. Salman Ghazni from Tabba Heart Institute wins the First Prize worth Rs. Two lacs

HYDERABAD: Dr. Salman M. Ghazni from Tabba Heart Institute, Karachi won the First Prize worth Rupees Two Hundred Thousand at the Second Cardiology Research Awards poster competition instituted by Health RAB an initiative by PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals during the 47th Annual Conference of Pakistan Cardiac Society held here from November 24-26th 2017.

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